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Cost Of Westwood Village Parking Spots Will Now Fluctuate With Demand

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Those looking to park in Westwood Village will now be able to find spaces via a mobile app, and the price of those spaces will be based on supply and demand. The L.A. Department of Transportation rolled out its LA Express Park program in Westwood Village yesterday, according to Curbed LA. This program relies on an app called ParkMe, which figures out available spots and their prices for drivers. You can also use the LA Express Park website to find this info.

The 500 spots included in this program have sensors that can tell whether or not someone is already parked there. Drivers can use this information to find available spots. Spots cost less when demand is low and more when demand is high. Being able to see exactly what spots are available and if they're in your price range should mean drivers are spending less time circling around in an aimless quest for parking. You can see a map of the Westwood Village spots here.

LA Express Parking is also in effect in downtown Los Angeles. Peer Ghent, the project manager of LA Express Park, told KCET in August of last year that the program seemed to be working to make things easier for Angelenos while earning the City money. Though, other variables may also be involved.

"It's difficult without a control group to say what would have been if we hadn't changed prices," he said. "What I do know is that our revenue has gone up by 2.5% and the average price has gone down at about 11% of spaces."

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Here's an explainer video LA Express Park released when the program launched in downtown L.A.: